A. Upper Elementary/Lower Junior High (adults and others welcome, too)

1. Foundations of Fractions

Make sure you have a concept of what a fraction is, and use that concept to really understand adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Time permitting, we will go over fraction-percent equivalents.

2. The Decimal System

Know how to navigate your way around a base-ten system, and how to add, subtract, multiply and divide in it. Time permitting, we will go over fraction-decimal-percent equivalents.

3. Number Facts: Fun with Numbers

Make your life easier with some methods for doing mental math. These methods will make it easier to make change, estimate bills, check your work in algebra and precal, and check your work in chemistry and physics.

4. Thinking Geometry: Relating Shapes

Lay a foundation for the very important geometric proof you will do in later years. We will work with shapes — circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, and more — see how they are related, and see how we can use shapes in everyday life.

B. Junior High/High School (again, adults and others welcome, too):

1. Ease with Equations

Grasp the concept of equation. This concept is critical to all your math — and to much science — from algebra on out. Learn a few ways to think about and solve equations, so you can reason the answer out (using “number sense,” etc.) as well as work an answer out formally.

2. Mastering Graphing

Make sure you can find your way around the Cartesian coordinate system! Graphing is a big part of math from algebra on out — and it’s an important tool in physics, chemistry, finance, and statistics. We will make sure you understand the coordinate system and can graph lines and curves. Time permitting, we will learn how to graph on the TI-83/84.

3. Understanding Algebra: Proofs

We will cover some ideas in algebra that are normally told to students, not proven — e.g. the Pythagorean Theorem, the quadratic formula, the fact that the slope of a line and its perpendicular are negative reciprocals. Without a proof of these things, we don’t have an understanding of algebra and we haven’t learned what we need to in math: how to reason out methods and formulas.

4. Algebra Applications

We will cover some of the basics of how to analyze word problems, how to make them easier to understand and how to figure out the math. We will work out some word problems from physics, finance, chemistry, and other areas, as time permits.

5. We could also offer “Number Facts: Fun with Numbers” and “Thinking Geometry: Relating Shapes” at a level appropriate for junior high school/high school.

II. Tentative Schedule (these are Wednesdays and Thursdays):Session 1: June 17, 18, 24 and 25 Session 2: July 8, 9, 15 and 16 Session 3: August 5, 6, 12 and 13

All workshops offered each session. Upper Elementary/Lower Junior High Classes meet each morning. Junior High/High School Classes meet each afternoon. Exact location within the Spring/Woodlands/Magnolia area is yet to be determined. III. Pricing

$40/session for first class $30/session for each additional class As these workshops are still in the planning stages, firm dates and locations are subject to change. You may contact me, Michael Gold, at goldmj@aol.com for more information or to reserve a spot, and you may visit my Website for information on my credentials and background, for testimonials, or for my teaching philosophy. You may also contact Helene Gallaway, at hgallaway@comcast.net, for more information. I will also be available for private tutoring during the summer. You may contact me at goldmj@aol.com for information regarding private summer tutoring, school year 2009-2010 classes, or private tutoring next year.

Hi, I was wondering if you are still having your math workshop on Aug 12 and 13th? I have an 11 and 14 year old who could both use some basic review before school starts back – especially the 14 year old who will be going into Algebra. He mostly needs inprovement on the basics like multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, etc. We can’t seem to get much review work in at home and I know it would be beneficial for him to do this before school starts. The younger one is more advanced in math and would probably be fine in the same class. I believe they would benefit from both your morning and afternoon session.

Thank you,

Donna Treu

Donna:

Unfortunately, no. There is just too much going on right now!!

Would you like to arrange for some private tutoring? Or see if we could get your kids together with their friends or some other kids in pre-algebra?

Sincerely,

Michael Gold

Hi,

What is the schedule for Algrebra for 8th graders for the summer of 2011?

Dan Barfield

Dan: right now, I don’t have anything planned for the summer of 2011. I might be too busy with private tutoring and preparing some classes for next school year — however, once summer gets here, I might find I have some time! Is your child in school, or home schooled? In what exactly are you interested?